Richey looks ahead to "Thorn In My Heart"
Friday, January 11, 2013
– Kim Richey will make her Yep Roc Records label debut April 16 with the release of her seventh studio album,"Thorn In My Heart."
Recorded at Mr. Lemon's Studio in Nashville, "Thorn In My Heart" was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Matthew Ryan, The Apache Relay) and features 12 original compositions. The follow-up to 2010's "Wreck Your Wheels," the album features guest appearances from Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood, Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket and Pat Sansone of Wilco.
Richey, a former professional chef, got her first record deal at 37 and has garnered success as a songwriter, co-writing two number one hits; the Grammy-nominated Believe Me Baby I Lied for Trisha Yearwood and Nobody Wins for Radney Foster. Other songwriting contributions include songs for Dixie Chicks, Jim Lauderdale, Brooks & Dunn and Patty Loveless. Her vocals also appear on albums by Ryan Adams and Shawn Colvin.
Her self-titled debut was released in 1995, followed by "Bitter Sweet" (1997), "Glimmer" (1999), "Rise" (2002), "The Collection" (2004/label), "Chinese Boxes" (2007, and "Wreck Your Wheels" (2010).
1. Thorn In My Heart
2. London Town
3. Something More
4. Breakaway Speed
5. Angel's Share
6. Come On
7. Love Is
8. I Will Wait
9. I'm Going Down
10. No Means Yes
11. Take Me To The Other Side
12. Everything's Gonna Be Good
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